This week is the week many new years resolutions fail. Those promises that were made to ourselves just two weeks ago are now at risk of being put away with the Christmas decorations, only to be thought about in December again. Like the fairy lights that get tangled no matter how carefully we put them away our resolutions lose their oomph and are replaced with the same old same old.
For many those resolutions are centred around health and well being and therefore looking at how we can make those resolutions stick is really important and will help and benefit us in the long run. Research shows that for something to become a habit you need to do it 21 times. Therefore if you started off with the resolution to go running or cut down sugar you haven’t yet given it enough time to become a habit, a lifestyle change. It is at this point that you really need to focus on your goals and remind yourself why you wanted to make the change in the first place. I have been using Slimpods to be in the right mindset for cutting sugar and making better choices.
Those doing dry January are also at a crucial point – if doing it apparently the the first two weeks are the hardest and then it does get easier. My resolutions (or life changes) are to move more. I have made MOVE my word of the year. I want to physically move more both in terms of physical fitness and travel. Work wise I also want to move forward and dare I say reach higher and pitch more writing work and maybe pick up some more editing roles. I have some motivation with my fitbit and family but that second run was sso much harder than the first. The first run was full of enthusiasm and the second run full of apprehension as I knew how it would feel.
The teen has set herself the challenge of cutting out chocolate in a bid to feel better and it has made us aware at just how much chocolate and sugar is hidden in their diets. I class the children as healthy but we are guilty of making some bad choices regarding snacks – chocolate chip brioche anyone? We are swapping some unhealthy snacks for more fruit and especially berries which they love. With children it is all about moderation, nothing is banned but we just want to be aware of what is in our food. There is a great free app from Change for life sugar smart that is making this easier. The app allows you to scan a barcode and it will tell you how many sugar cubes are in the product. This is really needed as Last week, Change4Life, the government’s biggest obesity-tackling initiative, launched a new campaign to encourage parents to get ‘Sugar Smart’, following revelations that four to ten year olds consume over 5,500 sugar cubes each year – which is the average weight of a five year old.
Those figures are pretty shocking and as responsible parents we all want to do the best for our families. This next fortnight really matters in turning those resolutions into lifestyle changes therefore dig deep people and support each other to get to the goals. How are your resolutions going – have they become habits yet?